5 new ways to stay sane: Your Asheville social-distancing to-do list
Asheville Citizen Times
Splashville is closed. Asheville Parks and Recreation isn’t offering traditional summer camp this year. Even the playgrounds are largely shuttered. If you have kids at home all summer, what are you going to do?
The city has launched some solutions to help keep your kids, and in turn you, sane.
And if you don’t have kids, read on for more adult-oriented fun, specifically wine. If you do have kids, you need that wine too. I feel you.
Visit the Rec N Roll vans
Sort of like a food truck with fun instead of food, The Parks and Rec crew has launched Rec N Roll, a mobile recreation initiative that brings arts and crafts, active games and nature to local kids while adhering to social distancing.
The vans last week visited Carrier, Weaver and Walton parks. Visit Parks and Rec on Facebook at www.facebook.com/APRCA for the latest locations and time.
‘Camp in a box’
WNC Nature Center remains closed for now, but the staff will soon offer a “camp in a box” experience.
The packs will be available for safe pickup at the Nature Center and include everything you need to have nature camp-like experiences remotely, with animal crafts and games, nature exploration activities and more. You can buy them soon at wildwnc.org/education/summer-camp.
While waiting for those to go live, check out the Nature Center’s Facebook page for virtual tours and videos where you can watch sweet scenes like Roddy the Nigerian Dwarf Goat happily eating a banana.
Virtual Fourth of July
Sadly, Asheville’s annual public Fourth of July fireworks display has been canceled.
But music lovers should take heart, because the Asheville Downtown Association has a plan for a virtual Independence Day Celebration, with eight area bands performing at Asheville Music Hall, The Grey Eagle, Isis Music Hall and The Orange Peel.
The list of participating musicians will be announced soon. Tune in to IamAVL’s YouTube channel at 4 p.m. July 4 to view the lineup of local music.
Links will be posted on the Visit Asheville, city of Asheville and Asheville Downtown Association’s Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.
The virtual concert event is presented by Ingles Markets, with support from Explore Asheville and produced in partnership with the city of Asheville. The event runs until 8 p.m.
The Independence Day 5K has also gone virtual this year, but you can still buy a T-shirt. Learn more at raceroster.com/events/2020/27959/asheville-independence-day-5k.
Take a virtual art class
Wine & Design of Asheville hosts Zoom paint classes, and you can even grab a curbside takeout paint kit.
Paint kits include a sketched canvas, paintbrushes, the required paints, a mixing plate and a paper towel, and a color print of what you’re making.
Visit www.wineanddesign.com to pick out your class, or email [email protected] with questions. You’ll just have to provide your own wine.
Order some wine
Looking for wine? Bottle Riot, formerly District Wine Bar, deserves a shout out for its speedy delivery service and affordable bottles (and also ‘baller wines,’ which get their own category on the wine bar’s website).
Social distancing on the back porch and need some effervescent Pet Nat, a nice classic French rose or even some Macedonian wine? They’ve got that. They even have masks for sale.
Order online at www.bottleriot.com. Asheville Beverage Company and Metro Wine also offer delivery.
Mackensy Lunsford has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years, and has been a staff writer for the Asheville Citizen Times since 2012. Lunsford is a former professional line cook and one-time restaurant owner.
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